From webvet.com - A new study found that a whopping 54 percent of America's pets are overweight or obese. That percentage translates into some pretty scary numbers: 88.4 million cats and dogs need to get healthy - stat.
Even more disconcerting than the numbers themselves, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), is the fact that pet owners don't recognize these serious weight issues. Fifteen percent of cat owners and 22 percent of dog owners said their plump pets were "normal weight." APOP founder Dr. Ernie Ward explained, "In simplest terms, we've made fat pets the new normal."
Despite the findings, the survey also noted that 93 percent of pet owners said they realize animal obesity is a problem. So what can they do to help?
Tips for Doggie Dieters
Ward offers the following dieting tips for dogs: